Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Insects from the valley yesterday.

    Rutpela maculata

    Cantharis nigricans

     Argogorytes mystaceus

    Amblyteles armatorious.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


       Forester moth found by Martyn Hnatiuk, the 898th moth for the Llynfi valley.

Kenfig dunes yesterday.

        Fen orchids

                  Early marsh ordhid. ssp coccinea

       Early marsh orchid. ssp ochroleuca


       Marsh helleborine

         Pyramidal orchid

         Bee beetle.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Llangynwyd today

   Nemophora degeerella

    Rutpela maculata

    Pyrochroa serraticornis - Red headed cardinal beetle, and below.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Garnwen moth light. PP+MH.

    Welsh wave

   Red necked footman

   Eyed hawkmoth

   Beautiful golden Y

    Beetle sp.
    49 species in all, highlights were Scorched wing, Bordered straw, Narrow winged pug
    and a micro yet to be identified.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

New hoverfly species for the valley

Martyn Hnatiuk had a Parhelophilus species flying around in the woodland just before the sewage works woodland in llangynwyd but couldn't get a photo. There was a break in the weather on Sunday so i decided to take a look and after an hour or so i managed to locate a pair next to the stream where Martyn had seen one previously. They are a very smart hover but very difficult to pin to species in fact i had trouble telling the males and females apart as the eyes on both sexes don't meet at the top of the head where as on other hovers the males eyes touch on top of the head, female Parhelophilus has a tapered abdomen but this isn't as obvious as i was expecting in the field.There are 3 species in all, the two commoner ones are P.frutetorum and P.versicolor and the third which is rarer P.consimilis which is darker and more yellower than the other two. P.frutetorum has long haired tubercle on the underside of their hind femur but despite trying to get reasonable photos of the hind femur it wasn't enough to convince the experts that this was P.versicolor as the angles of the photos just wasn't good enough so i think another try to get this to species is on the cards if possible photos below

here is a photo above that i've downloaded that shows the tubercle of hairs on hind femur of P.fruteforum

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Llangynwyd last night.

   Peppered moth, Lobster moth and Peach blossom

   Green arches

   Argyresthia cupressella - New for me and the valley.

   48 sp in all.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Merthyr mawr last night.

   Ran the light until 2AM and saw 311 moths of 98 species. Also Glow worm seen.
   Highlights were 8 Small elephant hawkmoth, 6 Lobster moth, Pretty chalk carpet,
   Miller, Valerian pug, Campion, Light brocade, Mompha lacteella and a new moth
   for me, Euspilapteryx auroguttella.

   Green carpet

   Sandy carpet

    Alder moth

   Orange footman

   Glow worm.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Abercregan last night.

    Beautiful snout

    Green carpet

    Scorched wing


   Chocolate tip.
   41 species in total